DEVEREUX, James Patrick Sinnott, 1903-1988


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Columbia University
Oral History Archives
New York, NY
Audioreels: 1970, 6 reels.
Reminiscences of James Patrick Sinnot Devereux: oral history, 1970. The interviews were conducted by Benis M. Frank. In the interview, James Devereux discusses his family background; duty in Nicaragua, 1926-29; China, 1930-32; World War II: defense of Wake Island, prisoner of war, liberation; experiences as a member of Congress from 1951.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: 1970, 212 pages.
An oral history interview with James Sinnot Devereux conducted by Benis M. Frank as part of the Marine Corps’ Oral History Program. Topics include Devereux’s career as a Marine, particularly during World War II and experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war.

Oral History: 1971-1973, 17 pages.
An oral history interview with James Patrick Sinnot Devereux conducted by George Shriver. Topics include Devereux’s early life, family, education, and early service in the Marine Corps; Japanese capture of Wake Island at the outset of World War II and Devereux’s subsequent experience as a prisoner of war; pre-war Marine duty in Peking, China; resumption of Marine Corps duties from 1945 to 1948; campaigns and service as a four term Congressman (1951-1959); official travel; unsuccessful run for governor in 1958; duties as Baltimore County public safety director under county executive Spiro Agnew and characterization of Agnew; and activities after retirement, particularly horse breeding.


Maryland Historical Society
Baltimore, MD
Oral History: 1971-1973 (5 hours, 17 pages transcribed); 1970 (212 pages).
Discusses his early life, family, education, and career in the Marine Corps in World War II; his campaigns and service as a Congressman; unsuccessful run for Governor in 1958; duties as Director of Public Safety under Baltimore County Executive Spiro Agnew; and retirement.